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Bridges are a very basic yet effective way to activate your glutes, hamstrings, and abdominal muscles. They are a foundational core movement that puts your glutes under constant tension while lengthening (opening up) the hip flexors to improve and facilitate hip extension.  This video demonstrates a straight leg bridge variation, along with a single-leg progression, […]
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The kettlebell swing helps to strengthen your core and hips while encouraging full body utilization and coordination. Proper technique of this exercise allows for safe, high repetition sets that will improve work capacity, functional explosiveness, and muscular endurance. This video demonstrates a few key points to remember while performing a kettlebell swing. ✔️The Traditional Swing […]
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Don’t think you can do a Push-up? Think again! Push-ups are a great way to strengthen and tone your entire upper body and core. They require no gym membership or fancy equipment; you can do them anywhere.  Best of all, they can be adapted to challenge anyone from beginners to advanced lifters as demonstrated in […]
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Instead of getting down on the ground to perform the typical push-up, try a Chest Press using the TRX Suspension Trainer. When done correctly, this move is a great way to strengthen your chest and arms while engaging your core. Follow along with this quick video tutorial to learn how. As always, be sure to listen to your body and work within YOUR pain-free available range.
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The Clean is a hip movement used to get a Kettlebell from the ground to the “rack” position, and is required in most Olympic weightlifting sports. It requires full-body explosiveness by generating power through the extension of the hips and knees. Benefits of the Clean include: Increased Total-body Explosiveness Improved Grip Strength Improved Core Strength & Coordination Increased Power Production (Hips) Total Body Conditioning The one-arm Kettlebell clean delivers many of the same
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The Trapezius is one of the upper back muscles that stabilizes our shoulder blades and facilitates shoulder and neck movement. This muscle is oftentimes misused as the result of stress, tension, and incorrect sleeping positions. Overuse often occurs after sitting hunched over for extended periods of time.When muscles are misused or overused they can develop adhesions which limit their range of motion, compromise their function, and cause pain. Neck pain and headaches are common when adhesions
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Don’t think you can do a Push-up? Think again! Push-ups are a great way to strengthen and tone your entire upper body and core. They require no gym memberships or fancy equipment; you can do them anywhere. Best of all, they can be adapted to challenge anyone from beginners to advanced lifters as demonstrated in this video.Give it a try and enjoy the benefits of a strong and fit body!
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The Pull-up is one of the most beneficial bodyweight exercises in existence. This efficient functional movement challenges the biceps, triceps, forearms, lats, shoulders, wrists, grip strength, and core. By strengthening the back and core muscles, one can also improve posture and reduce the chances of future back pain and injury.For many of us, pulling up our own bodyweight seems nearly impossible. While this is indeed challenging, there are many ways to slowly and safely “baby-step” your way to
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The “dead bug” exercise (which looks exactly like it sounds) is a great way to strengthen the core and improve anterior core stability all while minimizing pressure on the low back. This exercise is used to target the trunk muscles (erector spinae, obliques, rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis) which together provide a strong base for our moving limbs. It’s also a great drill for realizing and correcting excessive anterior pelvic tilt; when your pelvis is rotated forward, which forces your
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The Lunge is a functional movement pattern which, in our daily lives, transfers into walking, climbing stairs, raising up from the floor, or catching us from a fall. When we think of functional movements, the Lunge is near the top of the list. A lunge can save you, OR, if done improperly can harm your knees. This video shows you how to set-up and properly execute for safe lunging. Remember to ALWAYS work within YOUR pain-free range, and meet your body where it is.
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